David Yoon grew up in Orange County, California, and now lives in Los Angeles with his wife, novelist Nicola Yoon, and their daughter. He drew the illustrations for Nicola’s #1 New York Times bestseller Everything, Everything. Frankly in Love is his first novel.
Two friends. One fake dating scheme. What could possibly go wrong?
Frank Li has two names. There’s Frank Li, his American name. Then there’s Sung-Min Li, his Korean name. No one uses his Korean name, not even his parents. Frank barely speaks any Korean. He was born and raised in Southern California.
Even so, his parents still expect him to end up with a nice Korean girl—which is a problem, since Frank is finally dating the girl of his dreams: Brit Means. Brit, who is funny and nerdy just like him. Brit, who makes him laugh like no one else. Brit…who is white.
As Frank falls in love for the very first time, he’s forced to confront the fact that while his parents sacrificed everything to raise him in the land of opportunity, their traditional expectations don’t leave a lot of room for him to be a regular American teen. Desperate to be with Brit without his parents finding out, Frank turns to family friend Joy Song, who is in a similar bind. Together, they come up with a plan to help each other and keep their parents off their backs. Frank thinks he’s found the solution to all his problems, but when life throws him a curveball, he’s left wondering whether he ever really knew anything about love—or himself—at all.
In this moving novel, debut author David Yoon takes on the question of who am I? with a result that is humorous, heartfelt, and ultimately unforgettable.
WHY YOU SHOULD READ THIS BOOK ?
THE NEXT BIG THING Frankly in Love was one of the most sought-after manuscripts of 2018. Fifteen bidders at ten houses went after it in a huge auction, and Penguin emerged victorious!
CONNECTED Author David Yoon illustrated the bestselling Everything, Everything, written by his uber-successful wife Nicola Yoon (also the author of The Sun is Also a Star). Penguin Young Readers will work closely with Nicola’s publisher, Random House, to coordinate their publications and promotional efforts.
PERSONAL BACKSTORY David Yoon grew up in Huntington Beach, California and many of the details from Frank’s life are borrowed from David’s own upbringing. In Frankly in Love, David unapologetically takes on issues of identity and race, with a result that is both challenging and funny.
ALL THE LOVE David Yoon’s prose is fresh, modern, entertaining and true—this is an incredible debut that will resonate with every reader.
FOR READERS OF…Frankly in Love combines the quirky/nerdy-chic intellect of John Green’s fiction, the sprawling emotional/romantic landscape of Rainbow Rowell, and the heart and authenticity of Nicola Yoon.
PART OF THE COMMUNITY David Yoon is already well connected to fellow YA authors and we expect major support from that community.
#REALTALK We are all looking for ways to talk about race, and David’s characters grapple with these issues in ways that feel honest. This book will be a conversation-starter for teens and adults alike.
UNIVERSAL Who among us hasn’t pushed back against our parents’ demands? Every teen—and adult—can relate to Frank.
YESSSS This read is what we need now: refreshing, funny, romantic, it will make you laugh and cry, press the book to your chest, and then tell a friend about it.
DUDE A male POV always stands out, and Frank’s is especially important not only because of the issues of race he is dealing with but also because he is a sensitive male who is not afraid to express himself.
SURPRISE! Fans of THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR will recognize the parallels in the Korean protagonist chafing against his parents’ expectations and the fact that his family owns a store.
WORLD DOMINATION Translation rights have been sold in 15 (and counting) territories internationally!
MORE TO COME We will have another YA contemporary by David Yoon in Fall 2020!
On Sale Date: September 10, 2019 ISBN 9781984812209, 1984812203 Hardcover | 432 pages – G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers